DAP Managing Director Imelda C. Caluen and DAP Director Gilbert E. Lumantao (second row, eighth and ninth from left) join the participants of the course on advanced monitoring and evaluation (fifth batch) for a class photo.

The Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), through its Center for Governance (CFG), conducted the fifth run of the course on advanced monitoring and evaluation (M&E) last July 22-26 at the DAP Building in Pasig City for some 38 participants representing various national government agencies, government-owned and controlled corporations, local government units, state universities and colleges, and the private sector.

The three-day course intends to build and enhance the participants’ skills and understanding of M&E as well as provide them with up-to-date and deeper knowledge of M&E that will enable them to evaluate their agencies’ programs or projects using statistical analysis and other methods.

The resource persons for the course include DAP Director Gilbert Lumantao, Maxine Tanya Hamada of the Institute for Leadership, Empowerment, and Democracy, Francis Joseph Dee and Dr. Maria Ela Atienza from the University of the Philipines Diliman-Department of Political Science; and Dr. Merlyne Paunlagui from the University of the Philippines Los Baños – College of Public Affairs and Development. Likewise, Hamada and Paunlagui led workshops on the creation of each group’s Theory of Change templates and Impact Evaluation Terms of Reference outputs, respectively.

Sample agency impact evaluation cases were presented by Mia Barbara Aranas of the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development, and Perigine Cayadong of the National Anti-Poverty Commission. Towards the end of the training, Lumantao and Katrina Miradora, former consultant of the Asian Development Bank, gave their feedback on the impact evaluation terms of reference outputs of the participants.

The DAP’s CFG-Policy Research Office continues to support the advocacy of the government in ensuring the achievement of the current sustainable development goals vis-à-vis the country’s targets through the Ambisyon 2040.  M&E allows the agencies and organizations to improve their current practices and approaches. Likewise, identifying long-term goals, preconditions, measurable effects and indicators, interventions, key assumptions will provide agencies a better understanding and analysis of the impact of government programs and projects. – Jeannine Tan